March 30 07

yesterday we had the first ever intra-departmental mancala tournament…and who says editors never have any fun??? the combination of some new blood in editorial (people i like! a lot!) and an article someone was writing on mancala prompted this historic event.

and, folks, you’ll be pleased to know that after many intense rounds, that i – yes, yours truly – am the official mancala champion of the third floor. and i won me an Uncle John’s bathroom reader. so, yay for me.

unfortunately though, the satisfaction of winning still doesn’t make up for the fact that apparently people out there think i’ve been lying about how much i weigh, my scale must be broken, and i’m obviously…well, fat (you will have to scroll down to see the nastiness in all its glory). this one hurt. and it hurt deep. and i have to say, it has really opened my eyes. i can finally understand why there are so many anorexic, bulimic, herion-addicted, cigarette-smoking, and/or alcoholic celebrities. i would hardly consider myself a celebrity…but i guess whenever you put yourself out there in the public eye…there are always going to be rude, obnoxious, hateful, hurtful people. luckily for me, i’ve only got one. but real celebs have many. tens. hundreds possibly.

and you can’t win, right. either you make the cover of US magazine because you are too fat or because you are too anorexic or because you marry some crazy guy who jumps on couches and converts you to scientology and doesn’t let you talk or because you go nutty and start whacking baseball bats at cars and shave your head. Celebs just can’t win, can they?

and ever so coincidentally, thanks to a few lovely internets, like her and her, i found out that today just happens to be:

Stop Cyberbullying Day

  1. Exactly, Leesh, celebs can’t win. And, I see you in person and you’re friggin teeny tiny. This reader was going by a pic that was actually really friggin GORJ. Just like it is with celebs — she doesn’t know you or see you in real life, etc. You’re hott. Don’t let this get to you. I hope releasing it here helped some. And, btw, you’re a full celeb — look at all the trolls you’ve been getting lately!! Like a regular Rebecca Eckler (LOVE!). 😉

    Comment by haley-o on March 30, 2007
  2. If I’m gonna lie about my weight, I’m not gonna do it by 20 odd pounds! 😉

    Some people just lack that filter … you know the one.

    Comment by Chantal on March 30, 2007
  3. I have a feeling this person in question thought that you were in the one in the pink top and blue jeans, when in fact, you’re the one beside her in the black dress… I dunno. Anyway, the person in the pink top and blue jeans is still lookin’ fab!

    Don’t let it get you down Ali, there’s always people that are going to talk shit about other people… helps them feel better about themselves.

    I think you’re gorgeous and I’m TOTALLY jealous that you’ve had three gorgeous babies and look like that. Bitch. 😉

    Comment by s@m on March 30, 2007
  4. Ah, nevermind. I missed the pics of you above in the pink top and blue jeans. LOL I think you’re gorgeous! Screw that person.

    Comment by s@m on March 30, 2007
  5. See, it’s just never appropriate to comment on people’s weight, ever. I was at MY GRANDFATHER’S FUNERAL two months after giving birth and my great-aunt decided that it was an appropriate time to tell me that I’d gained a lot of weight. Why, thank you.

    Comment by Rebecca on March 30, 2007
  6. First of all, big congrats on winning… Hope you get to be Queen of the 3rd Floor for a while.

    Second of all, you are tiny and pretty and you have amazing hair and I have thought so ever since I first found your blog.

    So there!

    Comment by Sadie on March 30, 2007
  7. That was pretty f-ed up. I read both blogs, but I mostly ignore comments except when you mention stuff.

    You should ignore that comment, because we are the almost same height (I’m 5’2″), and I *am* 125, and I know the difference between how I look and how you look. And btw, if she thinks 125 for me is fat, she can suck it.

    I’m sorry people are mean, but you are goregous and a celebrity and… a mancala champion. And have so much more pressing issues at hand. :p

    Comment by Tamsen on March 30, 2007
  8. hi ali whats mancala?it looks cool.look we who read you all the time know you DON’T if that girl knew anything about you she wouldn’t have said try not to let someones snarky comment ruin your day.

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 30, 2007
  9. Like I commented before, that comment was so undeserved. First of all, I’m not sure what any wieght looks like – so who cares. Second of all, regardless what does it matter. You’re beautiful and healthy and you workout.
    I’ve lost a lot of weight (about 60 lbs) which has been hard. (a lot of it gained during pregnancy). And then someone said to me the other day “you would be so beautiful with about 20 pounds gone.”
    It was just so mean. People can be cruel.

    Comment by Laural on March 30, 2007
  10. Don’t let the bastards get you down!

    Comment by metro mama on March 30, 2007
  11. Hey you. I read the last post. How fun!! I actually got out of house and went to a baseball game last night. I was a wreck all the way there (forgot the pills)

    As for the cyber haters. I posted on my about me, “I will not post hate mail or acknowledge it on my blog.” and I went from WAY hate mail to zero.

    I do get some weird people asking to post pictures of me naked, but I like to keep that in my special, “ego boost file”. LOL!!

    Have a great weekend. I’m shooting a wedding, so that means…MORE WEDDING CAKE. (If I eat one more slice of wedding cake this year, I’m going to barf)

    Comment by Kristine on March 30, 2007
  12. Unfortuantly there are evil people out there. I had someone come on my blog last week and write horrible things about my husband who died almost a year ago. while most of us have a sense of decency unfortunalty some don’t.

    Comment by Cyndi on March 30, 2007
  13. wow, i haven’t played mancala in a long time – not since playing with a couple kids i used to babysit back in high school. congrats on winning, though!

    as to the comment, i’m so sorry you had to go through that. i would have reacted the same way. i can honestly say it would never have occurred to me to think you look anything less than beautiful. the “pooch” you mentioned in the black dress? i literally see none – NONE. you are a beautiful, wonderful woman, and i know that if you look deep down, you know that. you make a difference to a lot of people, and that’s way more important than how you look. you’re just doubly lucky that you’re gorgeous on top of it all. 😉 try not to let it drag you down – mean people suck.

    Comment by lara on March 30, 2007
  14. Wow, people are twisted if they think you’re fat! That’s crazy.

    Comment by Kristi on March 30, 2007
  15. Just letting you know I did not say she was FAT. But if you want to interrupt it that way feel free. High normal for 5’2 is around 135 (24.9 BMI). I am 5’2 and 129. I do not say I am fat. Congratulations on the Mancala.

    Comment by jennifer on March 30, 2007
  16. Oops I meant “interpret it that way”. Just remember everbody says the wrong thing one time or the other. This was mine. Did not know about the anorexia thing since you post pics of you at restaurants and always say how much you love desserts.

    Comment by jennifer on March 30, 2007
  17. Damn, I go away for a day and that happens? I can’t believe what that woman said about you. Personally, I think you looked great last weekend (and I generally don’t comment on other women’s appearances just out of respect, but I think it needs to be said). I would ignore what the troll said… like Dora teaches us, trolls are not to be trusted!

    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 30, 2007
  18. Man oh man! That really was brutal for someone to say–hurtful and pointless really! I’m so sorry that such a nice person had to receive such a horrible comment.

    Ali–you look AMAZING! You looked so beautiful at the “night out”. I know that no number of people telling you that will make you believe it, you have to believe from the inside, but I wanted you to know that I do think you looked great.

    Comment by Multi-tasking Mommy on March 30, 2007
  19. It is so human to focus on one negative, undeserved, careless comment amidst all the glowing praise. Jennifer said she didn’t mean it “that way”, but she needs to take responsibility for the comment, apologize sincerely and acknowlege that an unsolicited comment on something as personal as body type is bound to stir up strong feelings.

    Don’t let it get to you. You know you look fabulous and you are fabulous. So many have come to your defence because, even though many of us have never met you, you have entertained us and shared part of your life with us and you feel like a friend.

    Comment by LoriD on March 31, 2007
  20. What a JACKASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dude, I’ll trade you my 5’11 180 lb body for your size 2 ANY FREAKIN DAY OF THE WEEK!

    Comment by Fenicle on March 31, 2007
  21. I never liked that game….reminds me of a smart ass friend I used to have….

    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on March 31, 2007
  22. Cyberbullies are lame. Hooray for shunning them!
    You are beautiful and the new hair looks divine!

    Comment by Amanda on March 31, 2007
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